By: Jesse Baird, Staff Writer
Featured image courtesy of towsontigers.com
Towson’s 16-game winning streak was snapped this weekend as the team suffered losses to Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opponents Hofstra and Northeastern at SECU Arena.
The Tigers (16-2, 2-2 CAA) lost in their home gym, 3-1, to Northeastern (11-6, 4-0 CAA) Sunday afternoon.
“We are without our starting setter and are currently at the point where we are trying out different rotations to see what works,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We are competitive and right there until about the 18-point mark of the set, and then we begin to lose it.”
Towson won a close second set, 25-23, before dropping a close third set, 27-25. They lost the final set 25-18.
Leading the way for the Tigers was senior Julymar Otero and junior Jocelyn Kuilan. Otero posted a triple-double with 24 assists, 13 kills and 11 digs. Kuilan recorded 13 kills, giving her over 1,000 in her career.
“This week we will be looking at stats sheets and game film to see which formations will work the best while we are without our starting setter,” Metil said.
Towson suffered its first loss of the season Friday night to Hofstra, 3-0, despite double-double performances from Otero and juniors Carola Biver and Peyton Moyles.
The Tigers battled to an 8-5 lead in the first set, but the Pride battled back to tie the game 18-18. The back-and-forth battle continued until the Pride grabbed three straight points to win the set 25-23.
After dropping the second set 25-17, Towson saw another tight battle in the third set. Towson gained an 8-5 lead to start the set, and later pushed out to a 20-16 lead.
However, the Pride responded with a 7-0 run to gain a 23-20 advantage. The Tigers pulled within one, but a kill by Hofstra gave the team the set, 25-23, and the match.
“While we didn’t talk about it, I think there was a cloud over us wondering how long the undefeated start would go,” Metil said. “Now that we got that out of the way, we can now focus on the rest of the season and finishing strong in the conference.”
Towson continues CAA play with a road matchup against the College of Charleston on Friday, Oct. 6. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.